Christian Platonism

A History

 

Platonism has played a central role in Christianity and is essential to a deep understanding of the Christian theological tradition. At times, Platonism has constituted an essential philosophical and theological resource, furnishing Christianity with an intellectual framework that has played a key role in its early development, and in subsequent periods of renewal. Alternatively, it has been considered a compromising influence, conflicting with the faith’s revelatory foundations and distorting its inherent message. In both cases the fundamental importance of Platonism, as a force which Christianity defined itself by and against, is clear. Written by an international team of scholars, this landmark volume examines the history of Christian Platonism from antiquity to the present day, covers key concepts, and engages issues such as the environment, natural science and materialism.

 

Christian Platonism

Introduction – Part  pp 1-10

Christianity and Platonism  pp 3-10

I – Concepts  pp 11-140

1.1 – The Perennial Value of Platonism  pp 13-33

1.2 – The Ideas as Thoughts of God  pp 34-52

1.3 – The One and the Trinity  pp 53-78

1.4 – Creation, Begetting, Desire, and Re-Creation pp 79-100

1.5 – The Concept of Theology  pp 101-121

1.6 – Participation: Aquinas and His Neoplatonic Sources  pp 122-140

II – History  pp 141-352

2.1 – The Bible and Early Christian Platonism  pp 143-161

2.2 – Platonism and Christianity in Late Antiquity  pp 162-182

2.3 – Christian Platonism in the Medieval West  pp 183-206

2.4 – Christian Platonism in Byzantium  pp 207-226

2.5 – Renaissance Christian Platonism and Ficino pp 227-245

2.6 Northern Renaissance Platonism from Nicholas of Cusa to Jacob Böhme pp 246-279

2.7 – Christian Platonism in Early Modernity  pp 280-302

2.8 – Christian Platonism in the Age of Romanticism  pp 303-321

2.9 – Christian Platonism and Modernity  pp 322-352

III – Engagements  pp 353-491

3.1 – Christian Platonism and Natural Science  pp 355-380

3.2 – Christian Platonism, Nature and Environmental Crisis  pp 381-407

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Reviews

‘What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?’ Tertullian famously asked. For every Christian thinker like Tertullian or Adolph Harnack who questioned the relation between Platonism and Christianity, there have been at least dozen others who have welcomed Platonism in its many varieties as an invaluable conversation partner in the effort to express the inner meaning of Christian faith and its commitment to transcendence. Christian Platonism: A History is a bold and comprehensive study of the interaction of the Platonic tradition and Christian thought over the past two millennia. More than twenty essays by noted scholars explore the concepts, the history, and the implications of Christian Platonism in a stunning new contribution to a perennial issue.’

Bernard McGinn – University of Chicago Divinity School

‘It is hard now to remember that just a few decades ago it was generally assumed that a ‘dePlatonising’ of Christianity was desirable. Today, the intimate relationship between Christianity and something broadly ‘Platonic’ from the outset is often seen as ineradicable and essential. Moreover, a deepening comprehension of this relationship is regarded as one key to a creative development of Christian theology and practice in the future. The essays in this splendid volume by a glittering array of distinguished scholars and thinkers explain exactly why.’

John Milbank – University of Nottingham

‘This comprehensive collection of essays elucidates why Jerusalem cannot leave Athens behind. The superb quality of Hampton and Kenney’s book witnesses to the continuing relevance of the participatory ontology of the Christian tradition.’

Hans Boersma Source: Nasthotah House Theological Seminary

‘Far from considering Christian Platonism a mere stepchild, skirting the bounds of theological doctrine with remarkable spiritual fervor, this volume embraces and explores its richness as a font and wellspring of organic wisdom. I warmly recommend it.’

Willemien Otten – University of Chicago Divinity School

‘This book is a most welcome contribution to the burgeoning scholarly literature on Christian Neoplatonism. Neoplatonism is the longest and most enduring tradition in the history of philosophy and yet perhaps the most neglected. The Neoplatonic principle that all things are one in the One, that itself is Goodness beyond being, has inspired philosophers, theologians, and poets, and provided the very framework for the Christian tradition (and also heavily influenced Judaism, Islam and even later Indian thought). This edited volume, by internationally acclaimed scholars addresses this neglect with a comprehensive treatment, explaining in a readable manner the central concepts, themes of Neoplatonism and its engagements with science, religion and the arts.’

Dermot Moran – Boston College

The Coherence of “Gnosticism”

 

“Gnosticism” has become a problematic category in the study of early Christianity. It obscures diversity, invites essentialist generalisations, and is a legacy of ancient heresiology. However, simply to conclude with “diversity” is unsatisfying, and new efforts to discern coherence and to synthesise need to be made.

The present work seeks to make a fresh start by concentrating on Irenaeus’ report on a specific group called the “Gnostics” and on his claim that Valentinus and his followers were inspired by their ideas. Following this lead, an attempt is made to trace the continuity of ideas from this group to Valentinianism.

The study concludes that there is more continuity than has previously been recognised. Irenaeus’ “Gnostics” emerge as the predecessors not only of Valentinianism, but also of Sethianism. They represent an early, philosophically inspired form of Christ religion that arose independently of the New Testament canon. Christology is essential and provides the basis for the myth of Sophia. The book is relevant for all students of Christian origins and the early history of the Church.

Frontmatter 1
Preface 5
Table of Contents 11
1 Is it still possible to speak about “Gnosticism”? 1
2 Reconstructing coherence 5
3 Valentinus and “the Gnostic sect” 6
4 Irenaeus, Haer. 1.29 and the Apocryphon of John 10
5 The mythological system of Irenaeus, Haer. 1.29 13
6 The protologies of Haer. 1.29 and 1.30 compared 18
7 The Valentinian reception of Gnostic protology 21
8 The underlying logic of Gnostic protology 26
9 Conclusion 34
Bibliography 37

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LES POLÉMIQUES RELIGIEUSES DU Ier AU IVè SIÈCLE DE NOTRE ÈRE

 

Textes réunis par Guillaume Bady, Diane Cuny

Les polémiques religieuses du Ier au IVe siècle de notre ère

Cet ouvrage en hommage à Bernard Pouderon rassemble vingt-quatre contributions qui éclairent d’un jour nouveau le rôle des polémiques religieuses du Ier au IVsiècle de notre ère. Il illustre la variété des approches et l’importance des discussions scientifiques menées par des chercheurs de divers pays. Divisé en quatre chapitres, il s’organise autour de quatre questions : quel rôle jouent les origines pour les courants religieux de l’Antiquité ? Jusqu’où vont l’apologétique juive et les polémiques antijuives ? Quels sont les enjeux des controverses entre auteurs chrétiens et païens ? Quels sont la teneur et la visée des débats au sein du christianisme ?

Textes juifs, païens et chrétiens, mais aussi gnostiques, manichéens ou orphiques sont ici convoqués et étudiés. De Flavius Josèphe à Grégoire de Nysse, les auteurs montrent comment l’histoire a été instrumentalisée, les citations scripturaires détournées, les sources altérées. Ce faisant, ils mettent en lumière la fécondité des polémiques dans cette période d’effervescence qui est déterminante pour comprendre les religions et leur histoire.

Les auteurs :

Guillaume Bady, Pier Franco Beatrice, Christian Boudignon, Régis Burnet, Marie-Ange Calvet-Sebasti, Matthieu Cassin, Laetitia Ciccolini, Diane Cuny, Gilles Dorival, Michel Fédou, Benoît Gain, Anthony Glaise, Anders-Christian Jacobsen, Alain Le Boulluec, Bernard Meunier, Simon Claude Mimouni, Sébastien Morlet, Olivier Munnich, Tobias Nicklas, Paul-Hubert Poirier, Maryse Robert, Madeleine Scopello, Frederick Stanley Jones, Anna Usacheva, Andrea Villani, Eric Junod.

This collection of twenty-four essays in honor of Professor Bernard Pouderon sheds new light on a number of 1st century through 4th century A. D. religious polemics. These essays combine a variety of academic viewpoints and scientific approaches from researchers who hail from many countries. They cover four questions, each in their own chapter: what role do the origins play for ancient religious currents? How far do Jewish apologetics and anti-Jewish polemics go? What are the stakes of the controversies between Christian and pagan authors? What are the content and purpose of debates within Christianity? These essays delve into Jewish, pagan and Christian, as well as Gnostic, Manichaean or Orphic texts. The authors explain how history was used to further specific objectives, how biblical quotations were made to serve the ideologies of the time, and how sources were altered to shape the desired narrative. The collection shows the importance of polemics from Flavius Josephus to Gregory of Nyssa from this stirring period that is crucial to the understanding of religions and their history.

SOMMAIRE

Préface

Abréviations

Travaux et publications de Bernard Pouderon

Chapitre I
Débats sur les origines

Simon Claude Mimouni
Le conflit entre Jean le Baptiste et Jésus de Nazareth et le « conflit » entre les johannites et les chrétiens

Frederick Stanley Jones
The Orphic Cosmo-Theogony in the Pseudo-Clementines

Madeleine Scopello
La sagesse frelatée. Autour de καπηλεύω (Kephalaia manichéens coptes de Berlin, p. 8, 14)

Régis Burnet
Pris en otages ! Les apôtres au milieu des controverses religieuses

Chapitre II
Apologétique juive et polémiques antijuives

Olivier Munnich
L’apologétique de Flavius Josèphe, entre ouverture sur le judaïsme et fermeture

Gilles Dorival
Christianiser le texte de la Septante, un aspect peu connu de la polémique antijuive ?

Tobias Nicklas
Anti-Jewish Polemics ? The Gospel of Peter Revisited

Bernard Meunier
La polémique de Justin contre les juifs. Poursuite d’un dialogue

Laetitia Ciccolini
La polémique contre le judaïsme dans les œuvres attribuées à Cyprien de Carthage

Anthony Glaise
« Nous prendrons les livres des Juifs, qui ont crucifié le Christ »: Quelques remarques sur le Quod Christus sit Deus attribué à Jean Chrysostome (CPG 4326)

Guillaume Bady
L’antijudaïsme banalisé. Des homélies de Jean Chrysostome à leurs avatars : l’exemple du sermon inédit Sur le paralytique (CPG 4857)

Chapitre III
Polémiques entre auteurs chrétiens et païens

Anders-Christian Jacobsen
Polemic about Creation : Theophilus’ Use of Creation Theology in his Treatise to Autolycus

Michel Fédou
Quelle place de l’homme dans le monde ? La réponse d’Origène à Celse

Pier Franco Beatrice
Barbarians, Greeks and Christians. Rethinking Porphyry’s attitude towards the religious groups of his time

Christian Boudignon
Violence et non-violence dans les Discours de Grégoire de Nazianze

Paul-Hubert Poirier et Maryse Robert
Constantin ou Constance ? L’image de l’empereur dans la légende syriaque de Julien « L’Apostat »

Chapitre IV
Querelles théologiques et controverses au sein du christianisme

Alain Le Boulluec
Le « Messager du grand Dessein » (Is 9, 6bLXX) et le « Dieu fort » dans les controverses des premiers siècles

Sébastien Morlet
Un fragment méconnu des Stromates (de Clément ou d’Origène ?) chez Anastase le Sinaïte.

Andrea Villani
« Ha riempito tutta la terra della sua chiacchiera senza misura » (Eust. Eng. 22,6). La polemica di Eustazio di Antiochia contro l’esegesi di Origene

Eric Junod
La soi-disant controverse sur la date de la fête de Pâques (fin IIe) : un récit déconcertant d’Eusèbe (Histoire ecclésiastique V 23-25)

Benoît Gain
Les débuts des controverses christologiques : les réticences de Basile de Césarée

Marie-Ange Calvet-Sebasti
Images de l’adversaire dans l’œuvre de Grégoire de Nazianze

Anna Usacheva
Who Knows His Aristotle Better ? Apropos of the Philosophical Polemics of Gregory Nazianzen against the Eunomians

Matthieu Cassin
La Réfutation de la Profession de foi d’Eunome, ou comment clore une controverse ?

Alexandre d’Aphrodise

Commentaire à la Métaphysique d’Aristote

Nous sommes heureux d’annoncer la parution de Alexandre d’Aphrodise, Commentaire à la Métaphysique d’Aristote. Livres Petit Alpha et Beta, introduction, traduction et notes par Laurent Lavaud et Gweltaz Guyomarc’h, Paris, Vrin, Bibliothèque des Textes Philosophiques, 2021.

Parmi les commentateurs d’Aristote, Alexandre d’Aphrodise (IIe-IIIe siècles) est, depuis l’Antiquité, tenu pour « l’Exégète par excellence ». Titulaire de la chaire impériale de philosophie péripatéticienne à Athènes, il a rédigé nombre de commentaires aux œuvres d’Aristote. Son commentaire à la Métaphysique a servi à la fois de modèle et de source à la tradition ultérieure, des Néoplatoniciens grecs à la pensée médiévale byzantine, arabe et latine.

Le livre Petit alpha de la Métaphysique lui donne l’occasion de revenir sur le projet général de la « sagesse » ou « philosophie première », qui guide l’ouvrage en son entier. Aux interprètes antérieurs, qui ont douté de l’authenticité et de l’appartenance du livre au traité, Alexandre répond qu’il ne peut être que l’œuvre d’Aristote. En organisant en un système déterminé les intuitions éparses de Petit Alpha, Alexandre transforme durablement la figure de la métaphysique aristotélicienne.

Le livre Beta est, quant à lui, connu comme le livre des « apories », ces difficultés qui se posent à tout métaphysicien. Le livre constitue à ce titre, du point de vue d’Alexandre, le vrai commencement de la Métaphysique. Alexandre voit dans ces apories un moment proprement exploratoire, formant, de ce fait, autant de manières de mettre le métaphysicien en quête de la vérité.

La traduction ici présentée est la première donnée en français de l’un des grands Commentaires lemmatiques qui ont fait la réputation d’Alexandre.

Elle repose sur un texte grec révisé en profondeur.

Introduction, traduction et notes par L. Lavaud (petit Alpha) et G. Guyomarc’h (Beta).

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La pensée européenne des religions

Dieu, Kyrios, Deus, Notre Père, Iahvé, Elohim, Adonaï, Jésus ou Allah ont indéniablement un « air de famille ». Cela ne veut pas dire qu’on puisse les traduire les uns dans les autres sans précaution ni qu’ils soient identiques comme le laissent entendre un peu vite ceux qui prônent la notion de « religions abrahamiques ». Il n’en demeure pas moins que ces trois religions se réfèrent à des Révélations. Elles nous recommandent de croire que Dieu s’est révélé lui-même, de diverses manières selon qu’on soit juif, chrétien ou musulman.

Philippe Borgeaud insiste sur un point névralgique : pour l’historien ou l’anthropologue, l’islam, le christianisme, le judaïsme, le bouddhisme, l’animisme ou l’hindouisme n’existent pas en tant que tels, pas plus que les dieux auxquels on les associe. Il n’y a de religion que dans les paroles, les sentiments et les actes de ceux qui s’en proclament les acteurs ou les adversaires. Pour saisir cette divergence fondamentale, entre le sens commun et l’observation des sciences humaines, comparer les croyances entre elles est indispensable.

Tout en interrogeant notre présent, posant la question de savoir si on peut encore « afficher de l’incroyance », Borgeaud analyse les systèmes de pensée religieuse. Dans ce livre, il nous propose de repenser les mythes et les récits fondateurs qui ont contribué à transformer des pratiques et des croyances ancestrales en  » religions  » modernes.

https://halldulivre.com/livre/9782021024982-la-pensee-europeenne-des-religions-philippe-borgeaud/

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Mind in Nature

Bridging Process Philosophy and Neoplatonism

 

The anthology Mind in Nature: Bridging Process Philosophy and Neoplatonism (edited by Maria-Teresa Teixeira, Aljoscha Berve, and Moirika Reker) is scheduled for release on February 2021.

This collection of essays written by leading Whitehead scholars bridges two important philosophical movements in Western philosophy separated by many centuries: Neo-Platonism and Process Philosophy. It focuses on a variety of topics, which can be found in both theories, including creativity, temporality, holism, potentiality, causality, evolution, organism, and multiplicities. They all concur with an integral, natural worldview, showing that wholeness, complexity, and indivisibility are prevalent in Nature.

All in all, it brings together Neo-Platonism and Process Philosophy through the impact the former had on the latter. This volume shows that process philosophy can contribute to an integral worldview as it draws on ancient philosophy, setting new paradigms for novel approaches to nature, science and metaphysics.

Michael Wagner 1952-2020   vii

List of Abbreviations   ix

Preface   xi

The End of Final Causality in Plotinus’ Process Understanding of Nature

and Order   1

Michael F. Wagner

Uneasy Rapprochement of the Neoplatonic Eternity and Christian

Historicity in the Thought of Ioane   30

Levan Gigineishvili

Schopenhauer and Platonic Metaphysics. Towards a New Interpretation of the World as Will and Representation  39

Carlos João Correia

Whitehead’s Appropriation of Plato’s χωρα: Its Meaning and Effect for a Philosophy of Natural Experience  50

Luca Vanzago

Unity and Multiplicity: The Road to Openness. Plotinus in Henri Bergson’s Thought  59

Magda Costa Carvalho

A Bergsonian Reading of Plotinus’ Theory of Time    75

José C. Baracat Jr.

The Unity between Beauty and Good: Ethics of Contemplation and the Creation of Gardens  86

Moirika Reker

Infinity and Unity: From Eriugena to Whitehead  96

Maria-Teresa Teixeira

The World ‘Hangs Together’: Nature, Non-Being, and Infinity in John Scotus Eriugena and Alfred North Whitehead   111

Alex Haitos

God and Creation in A.N. Whitehead and Dionysius the Areopagite   121

Helmut Maaßen

Saint Augustine’s Numerical Aesthetics in the Light of Process Metaphysics    138

Ana Rita Ferreira

Nature With or Without Mind? – Science and the View from Nowhere in the 19th Century   148

Dennis Sölch

Symbolism and Dialogue: The Language of Discovery    166

Aljoscha Berve

The Concepts of “Creation” in the Late Philosophy of A. N. Whitehead   184

Michel Weber

A Process of Merging the Interior and Exterior Reality: A Short View on the Structure of Credition  201

Hans-Ferdinand Angel

Afterword   220

Contributors   221

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Proclus and the Chaldean Oracles

A Study on Proclean Exegesis, with a Translation and Commentary of Proclus’ Treatise On Chaldean Philosophy

This volume examines the discussion of the Chaldean Oracles in the work of Proclus, as well as offering a translation and commentary of Proclus’ Treatise On Chaldean Philosophy.

Spanu assesses whether Proclus’ exegesis of the Chaldean Oracles can be used by modern research to better clarify the content of Chaldean doctrine or must instead be abandoned because it represents a substantial misinterpretation of originary Chaldean teachings. The volume is augmented by Proclus’ Greek text, with English translation and commentary.

Proclus and the Chaldean Oracles will be of interest to researchers working on Neoplatonism, Proclus and theurgy in the ancient world.

Nicola Spanu wrote a PhD thesis on Plotinus and his Gnostic disciples and took part in a postdoctoral project on Byzantine cosmology and its relation to Neoplatonism. He has worked as an independent researcher on his second academic publication, which has focused on Proclus and the Chaldean Oracles.

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A Text Worthy of Plotinus

The Lives and Correspondence of P. Henry S.J., H.-R. Schwyzer, A.H. Armstrong, J. Trouillard and J. Igal S.J.

Publication: February 04, 2021

A Text Worthy of Plotinus makes available for the first time information on the collaborative work that went into the completion of the first reliable edition of Plotinus’ Enneads: Plotini Opera, editio maior, three volumes (Brussels, Paris, and Leiden, 1951-1973), followed by the editio minor, three volumes (Oxford, 1964-1983). Pride of place is given to the correspondence of the editors, Paul Henry S.J. and Hans-Rudolf Schwyzer, with other prominent scholars of late antiquity, amongst whom are E.R. Dodds, B.S. Page, A.H. Armstrong, and J. Igal S.J. Also included in the volume are related documents consisting in personal memoirs, course handouts and extensive biographical notices of the two editors as well as of those other scholars who contributed to fostering the revival of Plotinus in the latter half of the 20th century. Taken together, letters and documents let the reader into the problems – codicological, exegetical, and philosophical – that are involved in the interpretation of medieval manuscripts and their transcription for modern readers. Additional insights are provided into the nature of collaborative work involving scholars from different countries and traditions.

A Text Worthy of Plotinus will prove a crucial archive for generations of scholars. Those interested in the philosophy of Plotinus will find it a fount of information on his style, manner of exposition, and handling of sources. The volume will also appeal to readers interested in broader trends in 20th century scholarship in the fields of Classics, History of Ideas, Theology, and Religion.

Contributors: Christopher Armstrong (Ilkley, Yorkshire), Luc Brisson (CNRS), Leo Catana (University of Copenhagen), Richard Dufour (Université Laval), Garry Gurtler (Boston College), Georges Leroux (Université de Montréal), Gerard O’Daly (University College London Emeritus), Martin Schwyzer (Zürich), Gregory Shaw (Stonehill College)

 

Chapter One: The Text of Plotinus: From Ficino to Henry and Schwyzer

1.1.    From Marsilio Ficino to  Thomas Taylor

1.2.    The Search for a Properly  Established Edition

Chapter Two: Paul Henry S.J. (1906-1984)

2.1.    Life

2.2.    Extracts from the Memoirs of Paul Henry S.J.: Souvenirs d’un jésuite itinérant

2.3.    Letters

2.4.    Handouts

2.5.    Obituary

2.6.    Bibliography of Paul Henry S.J.

Chapter Three: Hans-Rudolf Schwyzer (1908-1993)

3.1.    Life

3.2.    Letters

3.3.    Obituary

3.4.    Bibliography of H. R. Schwyzer

Chapter Four: Arthur Hilary Armstrong (1909-1997)

4.1.    Life

4.2.    Memories: Meeting and working under the supervision of A.H. Armstrong

4.3.  Reminiscences of a Malta Childhood (1935-1943)

4.4.    Poems

4.5.    Letters

4.6.    Obituary

4.7.    Bibliography of A. H. Armstrong

Chapter Five: Jean Trouillard (1907-1984)

5.1.    Life

5.2.    Jean Trouillard: Portrait of a Neoplatonic Thinker

5.3.    Reminiscence of my meetings with Jean Trouillard

5.4.    Letters

5.5.    Obituary

5.6.    Bibliography of J. Trouillard

Chapter Six: Jésus Igal S.J. (1920-1986)

6.1.    Life

6.2.    Letters

6.3.    Textual Notes on the Enneads

6.4.    Notes for answer to Igal from Armstrong’s papers

6.5.    Obituaries

6.6.    Bibliography of J. Igal

Chapter Seven: Miscellaneous

7.1.  Émile Bréhier (1876-1952)

7.2. Willy Theiler (1899-1977)

7.3. Bertram Samuel Page (1904-1993)

7.4. Evanghelos Roussos (1931-2016)

Index Locorum

Index Nominum

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The Fragmentary Latin Histories of Late Antiquity (AD 300–620): Edition, Translation and Commentary

Published:  07 January 2021

 The first systematic collection of fragmentary Latin historians from the period AD 300–620, this volume provides an edition and translation of, and commentary on, the fragments. It proposes new interpretations of the fragments and of the works from which they derive, whilst also spelling out what the fragments add to our knowledge of Late Antiquity. Integrating the fragmentary material with the texts preserved in full, the volume suggests new ways to understand the development of history writing in the transition from Antiquity to the Middle Ages.

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Eros antico

Un percorso filosofico e letterario

Attraverso una studiata selezione di poeti e filosofi antichi il libro si propone di illuminare la complessa natura dell’eros nelle sue molteplici e a volte persino contraddittorie sfaccettature. Amore come abbandono, bisogno, dolore, ferita, fastidio, guerra, fatica; amore come pazzia, amore come possedere e come essere posseduto; amore come piacere impossibile; amore come ostacolo o impedimento, come errore da evitare o da superare; amore come bellezza senza passato, senza storia, senza genealogia, senza significato; amore come cosa che esiste e che appare senza motivo, senza bisogno di spiegazioni o commenti. Ma la potenza dell’eros non si riduce al tempestoso universo di eventi e di impulsi particolari, ben piantati in uno spazio e in un tempo precisi, o all’effimera apparizione di una bellezza che poi sfiorisce per sempre. L’amore, in quanto eterna e infinita vicenda di bisogno e soddisfazione, è anche apertura, rinvio ad altro. È l’amore che allude a un punto di fuga, a un anello che non tiene, a un luogo dove si insinuano la pretesa o la speranza di un senso che non si vede. L’amore non è solo frutto che si coglie e consuma; è anche seme che infinitamente rigenera e riproduce la vita.

Paru en 2021

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